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claiming ownership of a hate group could have that effect. we must stop giving them their power. dr. king had a dream that his children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. that should be our dream for all of our children. we must continue to work together to overcome hatred and achieve this dream. thank you. >> gentleman: everything has a starting point. i feel that him starting it, it will make a difference. >> christof: do you think that harrison will ever be able to overcome their reputation while the klan is still active? >> it is not impossible but it's not probable why they are still active and that's the truth. >> vo: mayor crocket's denouncement of the klan
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led the news around the state that night, angering the klan in harrison. >> rachel: so, what you are going to just jump in line with the people that want to destroy your own people? >> christof: this one guy seems to hold so much power over this town. >> mayor: i think i have more power to change the town and i intend to use it. >> robb: there is no problem. jeff crocket can move. he can be in a diversified community. >> christof: but you aren't going anywhere. >> robb: oh, we're not going anywhere. i mean we are too well established. we were established before they moved here and we will be established after they are laying cold in the grave.
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[ music ] >> bill: >> bill: hey, good morning, everybody. what do you say? it is monday, monday march 11th here on the full court press. welcome to the program. coming to you live on current tv, all the way across this great land of ours coast to coast. we are with you wherever you happen to be and glad to have you with us this morning as we cover the news of the day. it's been a -- it was a busy weekend here in the nation's capitol. jeb bush went on all five sunday talk shows yesterday to try to prove that he had not flip-flopped on immigration.
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yeah, nice try. and it looks like a busy week ahead. president obama will be coming up capitol hill twice this week to meet with the house republican caucus and separately, a different day, the senate republican caucus while paul ryan has announced he is going to introduce a new budget another budget based upon repealing obamacare which ain't going to happen. get off it, paul ryan. you tried that 33 times in the last two years. meanwhile, some good news, the job numbers, 236,000 new jobs created in the month of february and the unemployment rate went down to 7.7%, but that's all before the sequester kicks in. so we'll cover the news here in our nation's capitol, tell you what's happening here, around the country and around the globe and, of course, take your calls. look forward to hearing from you at 866-55-press. >> that's our toll-free number.
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all of that coming up ahead right here on the "full-court press" on current tv. billy zane stars in barabbas. coming in march to reelz. to find reelz in your area, go to reelz.com
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you know who is coming on to me now? you know the kind of guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those types are coming on to me all the time now. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were
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they thinking? >> broadcasting across the nation, on your radio, and on current tv this is "the bill press show." >> paul ryan vows that he is going to repeal obamacare. doesn't he know the election is over? and he lost? what do you say? good morning, everybody. great to see thou morning. it is a big monday monday morning, march 11th. this is the full court press coming to you live from our nation's capitol the most powerful city on the planet and our studio right here on capitol hill. we are just down the street from the united states capitol
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building. there is going to be a busy week on the capitol this week for president obama. motors up to the hill twice this week. once to meet with the house republican caucus and then again to meet with the senate republican caucus, still looking for that i will use illusive deal on a balanced approach tower our budget did sitting here today and it may be getting rid of the sequester at the same time. whatever is happening we'll keep you on top of that across the groen. secretary of defense, chuck hagel on his first visit to the afghanistan runs into kind of a buzz saw when president hammeed karzai, this is the thanks we get for bailing that guy out for the last 10 years. so we will keep you up on date with what's happening here in the nation, here in the capitol, around the globe, around the country.
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jan brewer in arizona has become the big champion of expanding medicare in that state. medicaid in that state, rather. she's working with democratic members of the legislature and being opposed by her fellow republicans. lots to talk about, lots to get into it. we will take your calls at 866-55 press. hope you had a good weekend really to go for a new busy weekly here with team press peter okay burn and dan henning. i hey. >> good morning. >> looking rested relaxed, and it, something to go. >> something like that. >> this day lights savings switch is a little rough around the edges. >> total total pain. no way around it. for everybody. not just those of us who work -- >> you say there is no way around it. but i mean we could do something about it. right? >> bill: yeah. no. peter pete peter. >> we could fix the clock. >> bill: when my alabama went off this morning at 4:00 o'clock
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eastern, you know, carol said, did you change your clock? boy, if i hadn't remembered by then, it was too late. phil bachus got the foeven. cyprian back here again. phone. cyprian back here again. on the video cam. hey, cyprian. thank you for your good work. all eyes on rome. i am telling you. i think this is a little over reaction, too much attention to what's going on rome. not everybody in the world is a catholic, but you would think everyone american was a catholic based upon the attention that the election of a new pope is getting in the american media. diane sawyer is going to be broadcasting live from the vatican tonight. i bet you brian williams and scott pelly will be there as well. i haven't seen any announcement.
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i would be willing to bet all of the cable networks have representatives there and have had for the last two weeks. it's not going to be a american but the one getting attention is cardinal dolan of nyew york. he was out yesterday glad handing like a politician. >> campaigning. what a time they are having in rome? >> the only feeling i have is one of immense serenity. the last week has been filled with apolstolic fraternity a real sense of trust and confidence? >> that's not why i go to rome. i go to rome for good pasta. right? or in fact peekspeaking of pasta,
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he was asked what are your choices? >> the italians say you can only make it with the dough you've got. >> or as rumsfeld said you can only make war with the army you've god. what's interesting is this guy is in a sense a quintessential american/new yorker. right? loves going out there meeting people, telling jokes, shaking hands, kissing babies, just what pete people hate about americans. >> exactly. >> he is so like america, it turns people off. >> exactly. >> but anyhow and, also from a -- speaking as a catholic from a doctrinal point of view >> he is the worst. he is the most conservative. he is head of the u.s. conference of bishops. he is the guy that is in a war
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against president obama over this contraception thing. he wants to deny american women the right to contraception as part of their american health plan and thinks than president obama is denying people freedmom of religion by insisting every woman ought to have that as part of their healthcare system. in terms of progressive. in terms of moving the charge further. he would take the church back to the 15th century. he is not going to be elected. it would be horrible if he did. we don't have any papal candidate. >> yet. >> we have our calls out. a much better group of guests this morning chris anders from the aclu will be here to talk about drones and our -- what the united states is doing with them. tanstone head of the centre for american progress. she will be in to talk about healthcare and about pre-k and a lot of other important issues.
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we will have reporters from the washington post and your calls at 866-55-press. what about all of those gun sells we have been hearing about lately? there is another side to that story. >> but first, this is the "full-court press." >> on this monday, other headlines making news to get you started through the week president obama did his annual duty of speaking at the grid iron dinner in washington this weekend, the fundraiser where politicians and journists trade jabs jabs. c-span tried to get it on. they were denied political reports on some of the one liners the president fired off talking about sec questers saying his joke writers had been furloughed. he took a long pause to take a glass of water and got the room up in laughter as he made fun of marco rubio amy klauboshar was the democratic speaker and
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president obama said he felt sorry for al franken who had gone from being the funniest man on saturday night live to the second funniest senator from minnesota. >> bobby jindall did a good job from what i read. >> for the first time ever, the queen of england is expected to publically signal her support for gay rights today. the daily mail reporting the queen is signing a new commonwealth charter against discrimination being signed by the 54 commonwealth nations. they were all once part of the british empire. it does not use any lgbt wording but the way it is written implies that discrimination toward gaze is unacceptable. the first time a queen has done that. >> in public with the t.v. cameras there. good for her. >> it's like day after day after day after day we get more people that are sort of showing that the tide has turned on gay marriage. >> yeah. putting those people who are still such homophobes as totally
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out of touch with the way the world is turning. >> just inbeiber did not have a good week last week after he was late to his own show and collapsed on stage in london and went to the hospital thursday. the 19-year-old pop star got in a scuffle with paparazzi photographers over the weekend. a lot of ex polittives were exchanged but his bodyguards were able to whisk him away in his car. >> did you see the picture of him being escorted out nat gas mask. what was that all about? >> he is officially entered the lindsay lohan phase of his career. >> i think he put it on himself. >> it wasn't like a little oxygen mask. it was a whole frickin' world war ii mask they used to wear in the bomb shelters. >> people are saying this might be the start of the -- his craze phase. >> the start of it? >> yeah. >> all right. indeed, a big surprise on the
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gun front over the weekend. this was the lead story in "the new york times" that caught me by surprise. i bet it catches you by surprise, too. right after the president's state of the union where he talked about sensible gun control measures, which was of course, after newtown and after his speech up at newtown. there were all of these stories in the media, both print about gun sales and guns flying off. shelves and ar-15s, you couldn't buy one because they were soiled out. you got the impression that more and more people americans who were afraid of an intruder or whatever and feel the need to protect their families, more and more americans are running out and buying guns. it turns out that's not true at all. in fact, just the opposite is true. this was reported again in the "new york times" yesterday. it's called the general social survey.
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what the it shows is that the same people, gun owners are the ones who are buying all of the guns. it's not new people who have never had a gun before who feel the need for a gun. it's just the people who have a stock pile of guns who want more and more guns. remember what fillphil graham, the senator of texas 10 or 15 years back, that famous phrase of him. i don't have all of the guns that i need -- no. i have all of the guns that i need. but i don't have all of the guns that i want. they are the ones that it turns out are buying all of these guns. the number of people buying guns according to the survey is down dramatically dramatically. listen to these numbers. so, this general social survey every two years, they do a survey of american families and gun ownership. back in the 1950s -- i'm sorry.
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the noon 70s. back 40 years. the 1970s gun ownership, 50% of mfrn households had a gun in the house. house. okay? in the 1990s, it was down to 43%. last year, 2012, across america, down to 34%. i mean went down from 50% to 34% in 40 years and the survey shows that's true like across the board, across the country in big cities and small cities in urban areas and rural areas in families with kids and families without kids. in-house holds which say they are happy households and households who say they are not so happy. even in-households where people are regular church goers and households where people never have been in a pew.
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same results. gun ownership down down down. dramatically. i was totally surprised because when i -- i was under the impression, again, that more and more people are out buying guns. not true. the same people are buying more guns. what's this mean to you? 866-55-press. 86677377. let's talk about it but it seems to me to mean at least three things. number 1, more and more people are saying, hey, you know what? buying a gun is not such a good idea after all. maybe. they are really thinking twice about it. two or three times about it. i think it also means that the nra is not as powerful as we thought it was. it doesn't represent as many people as we thought it did. it represents, in fact a thinner and thinner slice of americans every year. you also think it means that damn it, it should be possible
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to get some common sense gun safety measures passed. these numbers, i find they turn things topsy turf. >> we had a conversation not so long ago with some friends of ours who have kids and they were over at our house and we were talking about guns because they have two guns in the house and i said, why do you feel the need to have a gun in your house and you have kids? they said, well, it makes us feel safer. and so then, they went on to explain that they have the gun in one cabinet locked up. and they have the bullits in another cabinet locked up. i was thinking to myself if for whatever reason you have an intruder and it's time for you to pull out your gun and play, you know, wild wild west how exact do you pull that off and feel safe with it? it's pointless. pointless. >> good for them for having them
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locked up. >> yeah. >> but it also shows, you know, that it's not realistic. >> right. >> also, you know, if i had a little kid today, i would really think twice about letting my kids play with their kids in their house. >> oh, yes. >> knowing that they've got guns in that house because we have seen too many accidents like that. anyhow, gun ownership, way, way, way down. so don't believe all of the nonsense which, again, i believe, i believe are i thought more and more people were buying guns. what's it mean to you? 866-55-press. >> heard around the country and seen on current tv this is "the bill press show." lily tomlin! want to join us and make it a three way? ♪ ♪ now unleashed. joy behar. >> guess who i'm going to spend the night with? hmmm?
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>> on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show." >> on a monday morning march 11th, it's already 26 minutes after the hour here on the "full-court press." we are rolling right along starting off with some surprising statistics on gun ownership in this country. surprised the hell out of me. i thought every other house in america now had a gun in it. it turns out only 34% of them do you know what i haven't seen is geographically. it is true across the country, but i bet there is still more ownership i would imagine. wouldn't you peter in the far west and in the deep south? >> i would imagine so. >> but at any rate 34%, down from 50% in the 1970, 34% in 2012. what's it all mean? john is out in ferndale washington. what's up? >> good morning, bill. >> good morning.
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>> a couple of years ago i was thinking about getting a firearm for home protection. we had had some break-ins in our neighborhood. and so, you know, it's like okay. it's like if the kind of we hope is going to cost this much money. to keep that weapon safe and secure, you are going to have to get a gun locker and everything else. i thought step one is going to be perimeter lighting and then alarm system because i don't want that weapon, you know, someone to break in while i am at work. >> bill: right. >> and get stolen. so by the time i put the security system in, you know panic switch and proper perimeter lighting and everything, then all of the sudden, i was like, well, what do i need a gun for? i've got a cell phone. my house is monitored. you know and so if you look at those statistics the chances of that weapon getting turned on
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you or being used by a family member or a person when, you know, i am pretty good mental healthwise but, you know it's just a huge liability i think that's true. the statistics i have seen bear it out that those guns that gwynn is more likely to be used on another family member sadly, and these are people who had no mental history, history of mental health or any history of violence but if the gun is there, it's more likely to be used on a family member than on an intruder and maybe that's why. maybe john's reasoning is that will it's reflective i think, of what's happening across country. i want to get back to this and more calls coming up. on what are these saying about the power of the nra? they are not as powerful as we
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[ music ] >> chatting with you live at current.com/bill press. this is "the bill press show." live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: thirty-three minutes after the hour starting off this new week, talking being surprising numbers on begun ownership according to this new survey reported yesterday in "the new york times", that gun ownership in the country has gone down from 50% of the american households in the 1970s to only 34% in 2012, declining
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dramatically even though the number of guns, i guess. not i guess. the number of guns sold has gone up. but those guns are being bought by the same people who already have a stockpile of guns, which, by the way in itself is scary because that means a lot of people are stockpiling which is hardly the thing we want. we have seen the results of that. more calls on that at 866-55-press in just a second. but on this issue we talk about california based healthcare company, not sure which one. doesn't identify it. it began notifying its patients and employees ba they better be careful because the company's billing center was burglarized including names, dates of birth and social security numbers were stolen. boy, that's a recipe right there for identity theft. you have to be protected against it. i am with what's called lifelock ultimate, the most comprehensive
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approach. they are not going begun hoe and say saying yesgung-ho and saying yes. >> so maybe med is malmarijuana. i am having a little trouble seeing you. >> try some of that good pot. >> if hillary does not run, martin o'malley could be the democratic nominee in 2016. on the gun ownership issue, bob in fort lauderdale, florida. >> hi, bill. how are you doing? >> bill: good. good to hear from you. what's up? >> caller: i am a gun owner and i am a liberal, but i have my guns for specific reasons. >> bill: uh-huh. >> caller: i am more afraid with all of the rules and things that are going on with this -- with the drones and with all of this stuff against the people. and people are buying guns.
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they are buying guns everywhere. there is not even any ammo left in the store. >> bill: but it's the same people who are buying the stuff and piling the stuff up. how many guns do you own? >> caller: i own four. >> bill: why do you need four guns? >> caller: because there is -- there is a purpose to get the ammo sometimes is impossible. so you've got to have the ammo for the guns because people go to a shooting range it's hard to get ammo any more. >> bill: you have four different guns so you are sure you can buy ammo for one of them. is that it? >> >> bill: i have news for you. president obama is not going to come down to fort lauderdale and take away your guns or your house or your car or anything else. >> just the other side of the coin on that. >> bill: neither is george bush by the way. >> we are tweeting @bp show. fred wilder said this vietnam vet sold all of his personal
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weapons within 72 hours of coming home from vietnam. i learned guns are appear tool that i don't need to live. seems smart to me. >> bill: do you think maybe bob's a little paranoid? >> just a touch paranoid. four guns, man. i mean... >> bill: by the way, and what good is that going to do if, indeed, the u.s. army were coming after you? right. the idea that the united states government is going to -- is a threat, even john mccain, whom you know i have come to hate almost, even john mccain last week said that's just nonsense. it's silly. bob, relax. craig calling from pensacola, florida. hi, craig >> caller: you know, i am looking at like you said the statistics there. you say one out of every three homeowners have a gun, you know, just with a survey around my neighborhood, i would say about one out of every 20 have a pool. there is about a thousand kids a year that drown in pools. there is about a thousand gun
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deaths a year, accidental gun deaths a year. those are mostly adults cleaning their guns >> bill: i think the number. >> 7 or eight times more dangerous than guns. >> a thousand actual gun deaths a year? >> bill: if you think there is a thousand. i don't know where you got that number from. i think it's closer to like 30,000. >> yeah. >> bob. >> way low >> bill: you are way low. pools can be dangerous too. but don't equate pools with guns. i haven't seen -- by the way, you know, i haven't seen many people walk into a school and blow 20 kids away with a swimming pool. jesus. god. you know, if you -- if you are an nra mer and a gun owner get a better argument than that one. jamie calling from francisville indiana. what do you say? >> caller: good morning. how are you doing? >> bill: good >> caller: i was calling because i consider myself a very strong liberal growing up in
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chicago and moving out to indiana afterwards. >> bill: uh-huh >> caller: because i work in the agriculture field. so i live over here in the middle of basically everybody over here is a republican and they pretty much hate obama and love their guns and i, myself, am a proud gun owner. i have about 15 right now. >> bill: are you a gun collector? >> caller: i mean that's the way i use it. i rarely take them out. right now, i am in the truck and i have four in the truck with me all the time usually but -- >> bill: but i think you have proved this study is right, jamie. it's people like you who will never have enough guns? you need more and more and more guns and you keep buying guns and that's where the gun ownership is going but most people are not doing that. >> caller: i agree. i went to my local gun shop and he is sold out. i guess he's got probably about 15 guns left on his shelves. north of me, i tried to by ammo.
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all of the shelves trans completely clean and everything. i guess there are a lot of gun nuts out here. i consider myself a collector first and i like having them and cleaning them and stuff like that. >> bill: how many guns do you want, jamie? you've got 15. what's your -- what's your goal? >> caller: i wouldn't have a limit, really if i could have as much as a gun store, i would. i mean it's not -- there is not a limit on it because of what i use them for and out here i would have to actually build a room that's basically a safe, itself, for that because i don't trust somebody out here. >> bill: that's what i was going there next. don't you think you've got 15 action 20, 25 guns, whatever, in your house? don't you think, man, you are a sitting duck for people who want to get their hands on some guns? right? >> that's the problem. everybody out here has a gun, thoughty carry four in my truck.
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i know a lot of people who carry about two in their truck. everybody has one under their seat. i have one under the seat just. >> do you think they could protect you from a drone? >> caller: not the ones i have now. >> bill: all right. >> caller: any of them actually for that matter. >> bill: i am not going to change your mind. i think if you have got one under your seat, you have one too many as far as i am concerned. i think the one under the seat ought to be enough protecting you driving in your truck. you don't need four. >> i found this number to be stag staggering by the way. i was looking at the cd c to find some numbers on gun control. so -- and gun deaths. in 2011, which is the last time. they haven't released numbers for 2012. dement 011, 32,000 people died from gun injuries. 32,000 people died from gun injuries of those 32,000, 258 were killed during legal
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intervention. so would you say, i need a gun to protect myself? out of 32,000, 258 people were killed. >> the rest were accidental. >> distal or homicides or suicides or whatever. but that's such a small fraction of the over all gun deaths. it's hard to make the argument we need these guns to keep us safe from intruders >> bill: the big thing is, i do think again, that i would hope that this article makes the -- this survey rather gets spread widely among members of congress and state legislate temperatures around the country just to say that the idea that all americans now are running out to get guns and guns are so popular is just simply not true. the number of people who feel that they need a gun in their house is declining dramatically. every year goes down down down, which be proves that the nra ain't nothing to be afraid of and turn your cell phones off.
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>> you are. >> the troops love me. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv. >> on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show." >> thirteen minutes before the top of the hour. here we go on this monday march 11th on friday the job numbers out for the month of february 236,000 new private sector jobs. the unemployment rate dropping
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down to 7.7%. much better. much more robust than we have seen in the past few months looking ahead. jim tankersley economic reporter from the washington post joining us on our news line. good to have you back on the program. thanks. >> good morning, bill. thanks for having me. >> bill: in and of itself 236,000 new jobs, pretty good news. right? >> yeah. >> and for the disney? >> yeah. in isolation, it's great news for the economy. we always rather gain that many jobs but i think there may be some reasons to be a little skeptical about this looking ahead. nd not to be super excited about the number just right now. >> bill: is that because of the sec ester? >> yeah. the economy is being hit by a couple of pretty brutal things right now. the payroll tax hike and the other tax increases from the fiscal cliff deal are just going
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to be starting, i think, to show up down the line. the connell assumers can borrow for a little while, you know, put stuff on their credit cards to make up the spending but eventually, it starts to bite. svelte have as much money to spend. then you put on top of that the contractt contractionary he was, which should be about a half a point this year taken away. >> that's the not the sort of momentum you want for a recovery. >> that's true the 7.7%, heading in the right direction that could reefers if the congressional if losing 750,000 jobs turns out to be true. >> it's something we have seen in the past few years. there are concerns that we are going to see that now: the job creation will slow, the
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unemployment rate could tick back up. remember, even if we didn't have that, we are not creating jobs nearly fast enough to put everybody back to work. >> right. >> within a couple of years even. >> you need to get up to what? how high? i have seen that number. i forget what it is. 236,000 is not where we need to be. right? >> 250 is sort of the generally accepted number for what you need to bring it down relatively quickly that you need it every month. it was about 180 a month last year. what we really want is faster. we want super fast. i think you would like to see 300,000, 400 a month during some of the boom times we have had and obviously we are nowhere close to that, especially with sequester coming online. >> jim tankersley coveralls economic issues at washingtonpost.com. how do you explain there were
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the warnings about the sequester. we know it's going to take like a good month to really kick in and feel the first impacts. but still, last, we have the sequester kick in and then on a friday, and the following week the dow, three days for sure hit a new record high. there seems to be a contradictory message here. what's going on? >> yeah, the stockmarket doesn't appear to be a great barometer of the overall health of the economy right now. there are a lot of reasons for that. it's being bouied by all of the actions the federal reserve is taking to try to boost employment which are definitely helping stocks. here is something else to think about. at a time times the market has panicked over the last couple of years and all of them when it looked like there was a crisis on our hands, you know, when, we are not going to raise the debt ceiling or, wow, we might go over the fiscal cliff entirely which would be a huge drag on growth. the market freaks out about that
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and not about the idea that growth might be a little bit slower for a little bit as longer. >> uh-huh also if you look at that and the employment numbers with and compends doing better with corporate profits, are they starting to go higheranies doing better with corporate profits, are they starting to go higher. >> that's one of the interesting things, the last couple of months decent job growth in the fourth quarter, basically growth was zero in the economy. that suggests companies are starting to put money to work hiring people because they are bull issue. i would caution making too of those numbers. it's too short of a time period to be sure. if it keeps up, it would be a good sign maybe employers are seeing some signs for strength and optimism that let them take chances that they otherwise wouldn't have.
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>> bill: i guess the best scenario is with the president reaching out to republicans this week with more and more people at least talking right? about resolving our fiscal issues, maybe we can get out of the sequester before it even really kicks in and we feel the worst impacts of it t that's what some people are hoping. the eternal optimist, i guess i join the crowd. >> i agree. i think that's the optimistic take. here is an optimistic way of looking at the last few months in retrospect. remember the talk we heard about policy uncertainty. guess what. people know what their taxes are going to be now. the fiscal cliff deal settled that. they are higher than a lot of republicans wanted. the people who were warning you about uncertainty were warning for the reason they were worried taxes are going to go up. there is certainty now. if you believe that's a real think in the economy and what's
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holding it back, you might be inclined to think that hey that's -- that's at work here. >> bill: sure. they said they wanted certainty. now they have it. jim tankersley thank you for your good work and your time this morning. >> my pleasure >> bill: jim tankersley at the washington post. we will check the mail bag with e-mail coming up next. >> this is "the bill press show."
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tv. >> all right. mary he hadington says i enjoyed your interview with carry kelly, friday and i am going to find the smoked olive oil. it's nice not to have political guests and mix it up a bit. >> bill: i agree. that was great smoked olive oil. bill pope is happy we made it through the weekend safe from drones so far. but phil from ohio says usually i agree with you but we are talking about national security here the more we publically promote other military capabilities, the more we give our enemies -- the more we give to our enemies. drones are a great military asset that saves american lives and saves dollars, too, but yes, phil, there has to be some rules and guidelines regarding the use of drones. >> that's important as americans. we have to demand that. we will talk about drones, in fact, at the top of the next hour with chris sanders from the aclu. >> this is "the bill press show."
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>> hey, good morning, friends and neighbors. what do you say? good fosee you today. hope you had a good weekend and ready to tackle another week's worth of news starting out this monday morning, march 11th here on current tv. it was a busy weekend here in our nation's capitol. president obama appearing at the grid iron dinner and jeb bush appearing on all five sunday talk shows yesterday morning to try to prove that he did not in fact flipflop on immigration. nice try jeb, but not sure he
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made the point. a busy week ahead. also president obama will be coming up to capitol hill twice. once to meet with the house republican caucus and on another day to come up and meet for the snit senate caucus to get their agreement on a balanced budget deem. some accepting new deals. paul ryan is reintroducing his bucket this week which he says the main element of which is to repeal obama care. it ain't going to happen. doesn't he realize we had an election on that issue? and he and mitt romney lost. meanwhile, some good news, 236,000 new jobs for the month of february and unemployment dropping down to 7.7%, but, of course, that is all before the sequester kicks in. and then the economy all that
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they thinking? >> broadcasting across the nation, on your radio and on current tv. this is "the bill press show." >> paul ryan says he is going to produce his budget this week which calls for the repeal of obamacare. doesn't he realize we had an election in november on that issue and he lost? >> good morning, everybody. what do you say? it is monday, march 11th. great to see you today. thank you so much for joining us here on the "full-court press." we are coming to you live all the way across this great land of ours.
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hill as well. welcome back. there was some good news for those at least middle age these days. he did so yesterday. it was remarkable. he did so at the age of 48 beating, i forget the other guy, 17 years younger, bernard hopkins said how sweet it is. >> victory is sweeter than honey. >> victory, suite earn honey. and what made -- what was the sweetest about it was the fact that he did it at that ripe old age. >> it's a lot of victories that i had over the years but this will mean more because i am older, and 50 is around the
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corner. >> old man strength that he clearly has. >> he pulled it out. >> george forman was 46. >> now a new leader. >> i saw a picture. he looks amazing. forman when he won the heavy weight, he was fat. he put the heavy in heavy weight. he was a big dude. this guy is in shape. >> one who has seen the big 5-0 i am not about to get in the ring. we are going to be talking drones here inand our policy or lack of policy on drones with chris anders here at the top of the hour. nyra will be joining us and we will talk with a reporter from the national journal about what's up with immigration. a lot is coming up. but first... >> this is the full court press. >> other headlines making news
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on this monday supports illustrated produced the list of the most power people in sports, a man who loves to play basketball and welcomes sports teams over to the house is on it. >> that's president obama. he is ranked number of 44 on this list. that is higher than michael jordan and mark cu va n, owner of the dallas mavericks. in your opinion 1 is the commissioner, roger goodell, david sturn is number 2. the president of espn is also in the top 5. >> obama should be on that list. >> i agree. last week, we talked about joy behar leaving "the view." she said it's time for her to move on. another is leaving but not by her choice. he liz beth hasselbeck is being produced out. market research shows they are not watching the chat fest because of her and her
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conservative view points. >> more than just her conservative view points. >> there is room for conservative on the view. she is just -- had heshe has an ugly edge. >> she says stuff. she doesn't know what she is talking about. it's not that she is conservative. it's that she is an uninformed conservative. >> bill: an informed conservative? isn't that a contradiction in terms? >> the master's golf tournament is one month away. it looks like tiger woods is a serious contender after a rough couple of years. it's back to the number 2 world ranking after winning the wgc cadillac championship by two shots over steve stryker. shot a 19 under par for the tournament. he has five pga tour wins in the last year. >> tiger is back. looks like it. >> chris anders is back. the last time you were here a month or so ago, you were early
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in focusing on this. people were starting to hear about this. it's been around for a while. they exploded on the national scene with the john brennan nomination. he is the architect of our drone policy. >> that's right. >> he will be the next director of the cia but his nomination serves as a catalyst to talk about where are we with drones and prompted the filibuster by senator rand paul which sparked this. i mean a lot of people hadn't even heard about drones until rand paul took the floor. >> the whole thing kept snowballing. for whatever you might think of rand paul as a tea party republican, it was an amazing day, a historic and courageous what he did to take to the senate floor.
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you hear about filibusters and things like that. it's been a long time since you have seen a senator who has been willing to stand on the senate floor. >> yeah. they call him the talking fill filibuster filibuster. >> here is is the curious thing. why didn't -- there was one democrat, ron wyden of oregon. why didn't more democrats stand up and support him on that one issue? >> i think that's too bad because i think it really has diminished the role that a lot of democrats have had on this issue because there was one mark eudall from colorado senator merkley from oregon. there were some democrats who took a courageous stand on this too, and kind of got the ball rolling. and senator ball just kind of kept, he gave it a much bigger push. it's too bad some of those democrats didn't actually go to
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the floor. now, senator paul did say over the weekend that angus king an independent who organize with the democrats tried to speak but he came in at the filibuster. first of all. another thing is a letter he received last monday from attorney general eric holder which said under some circumstances it would be legally justifiable to kill an american on american soil has he -- what is this story there now? did he change his mind or what is our policy on that? >> this is the most absurd part of it all. senator paul like lots of the other people who were concerned about this in the senate were
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had lots of questions k 4,700 people, lindsey graham said have been killed by this program. >> that's his estimate he said he has heard in briefing. so again, lots of different conservatives, senator paul latched on to the most simple question of all, are mr. president, do you claim the authority to kill an american citizen on american soil? the president was asked in a google hangout. he dodged the question. they would say we haven't done it. we plan to do it but they wouldn't answer the basic question. until the filibuster was over. finally, they got a straight answer out of eric holder. >> the answer was, no. >> which is what the answer
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should have been long ago. there have been so many terrible surprises in this whole program that i don't think anyone should have trusted mr. brennan or even the president saying we are not going to do this when they won't answer the basic questions do you claim the authority to do it. aclu aclu.org. i have been a proud member of the aclu. rand paul said he is happy he got that letter from the clarification, the attorney general. john brennan has been confirmed. he is the new director of the cia. we are all happy with drones and what we are doing with drones? >> look. i think this is really one of the things that senate paul talked about and we have heard
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from both democrats and republicans who have been involved in this is that they are viewing themselves as a checks and balances caucus. everything has gotten out of whack grabbed all of the power for the president. this is the power >> people killed from the battlefield, this isn't something, even if you liked the president a lot, no one president, no one person should have all of this power. they were trying to reassert their power. we have a constitution checks and balances a role for the congress a role for the courts. >> that's what they are reassert reasserting. >> senator paul in the filibuster said, which i thought was the best part of it when he
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said, you know, some people are saying, well, we need -- we are waiting for a memo from the white house as to when they can use drones and when they can't. he said, you got it backwards. we should not be asking for the memos. we should be sending them the memos. right? >> the role of congress, it seems to me. right? >> yeah. and i think that -- i think that the frustrating part in this whole thing is that you have basically a system of secret law that's been developed by the president and the justice department. just as we did with the torture program under bush: there are 11 of these secret opinions. five have turned over. over to 15 senators. not to the american public. >> not the american people. >> they didn't have those five until this whole fight started. now, they have five. they have to push for 11. but i think one of the things senator widen, senator paul
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some other people have said is those have -- those opinions have to be released. that law has to be released to the whole world and certainly to all american citizens >> bill: last week at the briefing, jay carney was asked about this at one of our briefings. jay said that the president does think these are serious questions. he intends to address them. >> yeah >> bill: to the american people when? do we know? >> i think eric holder was giving it within the next couple of months i think is what he said during his testimony last week in front of the senate judiciary committee. there also is a funny kind of truly absurd exchange last week. senator mike lee who is actually another tea party republican on the senate judiciary committee was questioning eric holder during a hearing. he was asked. he was walking him through the legal analysis that we think it's in one of these legal memos. and eric holder kept -- kept trying to answer the question buff there is kind of these, you know, odd answers. and then finally, he said, well
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you would really understand this better if you actually saw the l.l.c. opinions, the legal opinions, which he is not turning over to the house. >> yeah. >> maybe you have a fuller understanding if you saw them. and senator lee, of course, said, wait. i am supposed to be basing what i am doing on opinions? i don't understand it because i don't see them. >> yeah. we are not a country of secret law. you can't operate a country that way. you can't have a real democracy that way. >> i think it is incumbent upon the president to sends those -- to explain to the the american people what that policy is. if a winner happens, a lot of it will be as a result of the pressure from the american citizens and from members of congress of both parties and the good work with chris anders. 866-55-press, your comments on
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[ music ] >> heard around the country and seen on current tv this is the bull press show. >> senator rand paul, give him credit for helping start up a big national conversation about drones and when it's okay to use them and when it's not and where. we don't know the full u.s. policy on those drones yet, but the white house has promised the
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president will address that soon. chris anders is the senior legislative counsel for the aclu. peter, you have comments? >> on twit surratt bp show at bp show, still a lot of people upset with you because you happen to agree with rand paul on this one issue. >> get over it. >> even though you disagree with just about everything else. we have some people agreeing with you, so are americans safe from u.s. drone strikes? we leave that we can't kill it the u.s. government has been assassinating citizens since 1790. if power alid wants you dead, you are dead. we are on at this time twitter again @bp show. >> rand paul split the republican party down the middle. didn't he? >> i think this is amazing. they allegation, i think for republicans, they try to set rand paul out there as someone
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who is kind of a land wolfe, a rear-winger. >> extremist. >> one of the things that was amazing, this filibuster went on more and more of the rising stars of the republican party went down to the floor to give him a little relief let his voice rest a little bit. basically every rising star republican. >> all of the kind of rising stars were there. rand paul came to the floor to essentially bless this movement and said that he stood with rand paul to paul, too. so it was a amazing. it was a amazing to see. >> then you had john mccain and lindsey graham the next day say this is terrible. it's a disservice. >> it was an angry voice of the past saying the president should have the authority to clear
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because their view is that there is a war that's everywhere even in your backyard. let's get a quick comment from andy in huntington beach >> caller: how come rand paul didn't suggest or talk about the fact that george bush almost killed u.s. citizenship in the area when he almost ordered strikes of airplanes right after 911. he didn't talk about that too much. anything that deals with obama, he's got a really big mouth. >> okay. andy. this issue is above who happens to sit in the white house. don't you? >> yeah. whoever like or dislike in politics, i think this is really something that's a lasting power, the kind of power the president seems to be claiming for himself here is one that will be left to his successor >> bill: thank you. we will keep on top of this. i know you will, too. >> this is "the bill press show."
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[ music ] >> chatting with you live at current.com/billpress, this is "the bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. . >> all right. 33 minutes after the hour now. here we go on a monday march 11th, great to see you today. it is, you know budget crisis again, sort of taken over here in our nation's capitol. the president will be meeting this week with the house republican caucus and the senate caucus to try to come to some agree on a balanced approach to solving our budget crisis but there are a lot of other issues
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still looming and demanding action that the president's committed to getting action on gun safety and climate change and it may be the most promising of all immigration reach. ran januaryson has followed this particularly and written an important piece in the national journal, what undocumented workers really want. joining us in studio. nice to see you again? >> good to be back. >> bill: thank for coming in. so would you agree that immigration reform chances for getting some kind of a bill passed are good. >> you have to remember when it comes to immigration, it's like saying the nationals are going to win the world series. there is never -- there is any number of things that can derail it. but it's a better chance i have seen than probably a decade for something to happen. >> the last time it was
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de-railed was not because of president obama not wanting to do it but republicans abandoned it. >> the last time it was really de-railed was under president bush. >> yes. that's right. 5 of his fellow republicans. >> exact. it was interesting to watch how there were republicans negotiating but then their entire leadership pulled the rug out from under them. >> because of the pressure they were getting from talk radio hosts and crowds around. >> i would say that's probably exactly. around the country. what do undo you think workers really want? citizenship? >> no. i mean i think you can see they might beability have that later, but the ones that i talk to all they want to is live a normal life. >> respect? >> right. when i would talk to them about how they would vote or what they wanted to do and they would kind of look at me almost with
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confusion like it had never occurred to them to ask that question because i think they spend a lot of their time trying to figure out how to deal in a world where you need a driver's license for almost anything. you need -- you can't get on an airplane. you have to figure out how you are going to navigate all sorts of strange little things that you and i don't even think about. >> right. >> they do manage to do that. there is a network of people who can give you the ids that look, you know, good enough to get through on an i-9 form and stuff like that. i think that they send -- it's kind of sad actually to listen to it because some of them talked about how they would have to drive without licenses because they don't have a choice. they also are worried about an accident, getting pulled over something like that, could set them in some sort of deportation proceeding. >> a lot have jobs where they may not be bus serves. >> yeah. >> they want to be able to come
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out of the closet so to speak. >> right. >> and live a life. >> right. >> where they know they are not going to knock on their door any time of night. >> i spent some time with a group of undocumented hispanic immigrants. i needed a translator while they were watching the state of the union address, and it was amazing how cool their reception to president obama was especially when he was talking about things like border security and enforcement. to them, that's tantamount to deportation. they have no interest in that. what they really want is some form of legalization, and, you know, i think that that's the kind of amnesty everyone is worried about. most of them are on the republican side. maybe some democrats. >> so but then the next step would be citizenship? >> right. and i think the thing to remember is that the people, the debate inside the capitol beltway is about how and when
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you can have a path to citizenship. i really don't think that there is any sense there is going to be no citizenship that would be offered but the sense is how difficult is it? what kind of averages do you construct such that everybody can have an easier path to citizenship? >> how you have to do it. >> that's not what's on the minds of the people who would be immediately affected by any kind of legalization. it doesn't mean they wouldn't care about it 10 years from now. but they don't care about it right now. >> this sort of whatever we call this, a period of certainty or -- >> probation is a good way of putting it. >> yeah. >> my understanding is that that is part of the president's plan. >> absolutely. >> all of those people who are here would immediately be -- >> yes. >> protected. right? and part of the -- part of the gang of 8 plan? >> the gang of 8 republicans and democrats and the senate have a framework, but both of them have an immediate probationary utilization that would allow you
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to work and to have a driver's license. >> uh-huh. >> also, i believe some of the -- the president's plan. i don't know about the gang of 8. so the idea is you could do all of the things you can't normally do. one of the people i interviewed for the story is talking about how he's from el salvador. his wife is from el salvador. they came here separately but -- and i am not sure actually how they got here. one had visa's. they over stayed. they are undocumented. his father-in-law died and his wife had to send regrets by mail. they haven't even left the city they live in since they got here. >> bill: those plans include that. is that enough? do they need citizenship on top of it? >> i don't think that they are thinking about that. certainly, the add vo cats are. i think that there is a really careful question that anybody is doing a policy should be asking
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about what kind, what class of people are you creating here in the united states? do you want it to be a permanent underclass? >> something democrats talk about a lot. it's something that president obama is worried about. he doesn't want the bar to be raised so high that there is no chance of them ever becoming citizens but it's a tough question. you need to be able to come up with a way that has some consequences to it. the other thing, the important thing, one of the important things to note is if you look at the statistics of the people who are currently legal immigrants who are allowed to apply for citizenship, only about half of them do so which tells you something. i mean i am not sure that citizenship means as much to people as you might think it would. for politicians, it means a great deal. it means people can vote. for the rest of the country.
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>> this gets to -- talking to fawn johnson from nationaljournal.com about the whole issue of immigration. this gets to the heart of this little flap that jeb bush found himself in the middle of. >> right. >> bill: because he was always presumed to be one who was for a path to citizenship and yet he published a book that came out last week, in a book wherein he said, no. right? >> yeah. >> should not be rewarded with citizenship. he was asked about this yesterday. he was asked on every one of the sunday morning shows. he did all 5 of them. but here is his comments to bob schieffer schieffer. >> i haven't changed. the book was written to try to be a book for conservatives who were reluctant to embrace comprehensive reform to give them, perhaps, a set of views that they could embrace. i support a path to lilization or citizenship so long as the
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paths for people that have been waiting apparently is easier and costs less the legal entrance to our country than illegal entrance. >> i don't know. sounds predictor toured to me. >> i wrote a story about this. did he have about how -- what he just described on bob schieffer is exactly what president obama is proposing. even that leaked document that came out to usa today, that's what he is proposing. it's the same thing george bush proposed six years ago. they talk about this false difference. it's just terminology, path to legalization, path to citizenship. it's the same thing. his book, which i have to be clear. i haven't read.
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something you hear from the hard-core tea partyers and nobody else >> bill: jeb bush has been considered a progressive on this issue and a leader and everything. why would he write the book on the other side unless he thought maybe the party was going in that direction? peter? his excuse was that the book was written before the election. >> basically, this is a circumstance of bad timing. he wrote this book and it was done and put on ice before the election which shows the republicans had a major, major problem with the highland park community. so once that was done and printed, there was not much going back. so... >> the only thing that my observation about that is just that i don't think that the republican party was at all prepared for what was going to happen in the election. 72% of hispanic voting for obama and actually, the exit poles say it's a higher percentage than that. i don't think -- they really didn't believe it. obviously, that came out in the
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book. >> they were all believing. they thought romney was going to win. now, the big question then is on this issue particularly, who is the leader of the republican party in florida? is it jeb bush or marco rubio? we will get into that with fawn johnson when we come back at 866-55-press. your comment: is this the time we are going to see immigration and should the path to citizenship be part of it? >> radio meets television, "the bill press show," now on current tv. to doing anyway. staying in tough with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people but somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for the middle class. but we do care about them, right? vo: the war room
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tv this is "the bill press show." . >> all right. 13 minutes before the top of the hour mika mean joins us at the top of the next hour and nera will be along as well. both in studio. right now, we are visiting with fawn johnson from the national journal about immigration, immigration reform and its prospects and who is the leader on it. before we get back to our conversation here t peter? >> yes indeed we are on twitter twitter @bp show. there should be a path so citizenship without citizenship, we have an enslaved worker class. bill w. says most politicians don't want citizenship because they want to keep the cheap labor. and the crisis mag says jeb bush has the chronic republican disease, flip-floppitis or as i would point out some people have
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diagnosed that as romnesia >> bill: it is funny, fawn you have jeb bush and marco rub osteo eyeing to be the rising star. >> yes. >> from florida who is going to save the republican party. time magazine identified mark o rubio as the savior. does jeb bush have first crack? he was the governor. his brother was president. he is a bush. if the jeb goes, could rubio? >> you have described with the possible exception of him being to governor sounds like a detraction from him as a presidential candidate. people still -- and i have heard this -- republicans will tell me that republicans have, you know i guess we call it bush tiring or -- >> bush fatigue. i am not sure that helps so much for him. although i give jeb bush a lot
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of credit. not just on immigration. he is active on the education front and in a way that the republicans to be embracing a lot of stuff on school choice, a lot of stuff on reform. >> that's, you know, none of that is necessarily -- i mean those are meaty issues he is getting involved in. it's not like he didn't have some hest. but i am not sure in the party they are ready for himft. but i am not sure in the party they are ready for him. this didn't help. this book didn't help. he had a book on immigration and he comes out with something that's so far outside the current zeitgeist, it made huge waves. >> if he run, would marco rubio run against him? >> it's hard for me to tell with rubio. one of the things i have noticed about marco rubio is he is incredibly good at strategizing how far he has to go in the
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spotlight to look like a leader but he doesn't go nearly far enough that people can ding him on it. if you look at him talk about immigration, he is articulate but sometimes i feel like i have to pars through his words to be seeing what you are actually sayinge through his words to be seeing what you are actually saying saying. i am not sure there is any other republican out there who is as good as he is. >> i don't know any of our listeners or viewers who are as sharp on the issues as ike from charleston south carolina t >> caller: good morning. >> that's the reason because when i get done saying, you ain't going to have any doubt what i am talking about. >> go for it. the deal needs to include in my opinion. i worked construction. the trades have been flooded with cheap labor. the employers have taken it to the point they drive down everybody's wages. there is no reason in the world i am making the money i made in
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1980 which is enough to get me out of the construction business but here is the deal. they need to address the 14th amendment and put a stop to birthright sitship. no other country in the world does that. as far as i am concerned, if you are born to a mexican, the citizenship of your parents confers your citizenship upon you. we have to find a way to track people. if they are here legally or illegally, we need to know it. otherwise you will never stop them from the border or from overrunning their visa. that is a type e verification system with a secure id that can't be tampered with. >> bill: i am going to stop you so we have a chance to get a response from fawn. thank you for your call as always. these are some of the issues? >> he outlined them perfectly. the one thing i didn't hear from ike and i apologize if i am
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putting words in your mouth. yes hear what he wants to see done with the current population of illegal immigrants. there is a lot of good and take coming on. if you are a republican. also if you are a, you know, liberal accurate union member you are going to say some of these same things, you worry about the reason that immigrants can get across not too physically. those jobs are low-paying most of them. it drives down the wages 6 american workers also which is a problem for everybody. i think from my amateur viewpoint that the guest worker provision may be more in the long haul. >> i am surprised the guest worker hasn't gotten as much controversy. one of the things i have
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noticed, you are johned aring, why didn't they pick that one? how is that program going to be structured and how limited it would be in terms of employers. it can be a real problem. unions are going to be very very involved. >> out of time but lots more to talk about on this issue. i am sure we will have another chance with fawn johnson. thankful for your good work on it. the national journal -- yes, national journal dom. i will be back to tell you what the president is up to today. >> this is "the bill press show."
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>> this is "the bill press show." >> bill: here we go president obama, kind of a quiet day today after a busy week. went to two -- two basketball games that sasha had two on monday. today, he's got the briefing at 10:30, 10:15 with the vice president. followed by meetings with his senior advisors. then he and the vice president meet for lunch at 12 coat:30. that's all that's on his schedule today. we always suspect he will plug a few more things in there at the last minute. jay carney has his briefing at 12:noon. michael mean is a democratic strategist. he will be in the studio as will nera tanden, president for the centre for american progress. lots more coming up on the full court press hear this monday morning. stay with us. >> this is "the bill press
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show." [ music ] >> bill: what do you say? good morning, everybody. great to see you today. it is monday, march 11th. this is the full coveredurt press. coming out to you on current tv. thank you for joining the program because i know you want to know what's going on today. we will tell you what's going on here in our nation's capitol around the current tree or around the globe, lots to talk about. it was a busy weekend here, president obama at the grid iron dinner saturday night, got off a lot of good laughs and then, this week, he will be coming up
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to capitol hill twice, once to see the republican caucus and again to speak with the senate republican caucus to try to get their agreement on a balanced approach to ending our budget deficit. over the weekend, it was jeb bush's turn, he did all five sunday morning shows yesterday morning in which he tried to sprain that he didn't really flip-flop on immigration reform except he did in his latest book. paul ryan says he will introduced his new bucket. it looks just like the old ones because this budget, again, calls for the repeal of obama care which ain't gone to -- going to happen. pretty soon, it's going to have to accept that good news, 236,000 new jobs created in the month of february and the unemployment rate down to 7.7%. but of course, that is before the sequester kicks in. all of the news will bring to
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they thinking? [ music ] >> broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv this is "the bill press show." >> paul ryan says he is introducing his new budget based upon repealing obamacare. hello. didn't we have an election all about that in november? and he lost? maybe he forgot. good morning, everybody. what do you say? monday, monday march 11th, great to see you today. thanks for joining us. it's the full court press, coming to you live on your local progressive talk radio station and all the way across this great land of ours on current
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tv. good to have you with us today. we look forward to hearing from you with your, you know, the old fashion way. you can give us a call at 866-55-press. it still works. still take phone calls. >> that's our toll-free line or join us if you follow us on twitter, you have friended us on twitter -- i'm sorry. you befriend on facebook. >> that's how it works. friends on facebook. follow on twitter >> bill: follow us on twittertwitter twitter @bpshow. facebook.com/bill press show. we have lots to talk about because it's a busy time here with the house and the senate coming back and a lot looming on the fiscal front, on the immigration front, on the gun control front. lots going on and the president scheduling two big meetings. one with the house republican caucus. one with the senate republican caucus. we have brought in democratic strategist, michael mean
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president of been squared communications. hello, michael. nice to see you. >> what is it? board of governors. >> broadcasting board of governors. >> a little sequestration experience as well. >> right. somehow i guess that ninjas you are our boss. right? >> if you were too broadcast outside the country, yes. all right. >> we are getting there. we are working our way there. >> all right. australia, weird places. paris. piteder ogburn and dan henning. >> good morning, phil back urt got the phone, cyprian boulding on the video cam. michael, you know, you never know what these politicians are going to do to rise money. right? peter king he went beyond the pale, i think, last night. he actually or maybe over the weekend, peter king republican congressman from long island head of the house i know tell sequence or national security committee, i guess. >> right. >> home land security issues.
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he actually stepped into the ring and boxing over the weekend for a good charity. and he came out afterwards. he survived. and said, yeah. he is ready to jump back in again. >> it ain't going to hurt so bad. i enjoyed it. it was like fantasy boxing, ter terrific. fight night. >> good fight night. >> there is video of this. he is a long-time boxer. he boxes, like for exercise. there is some video that popped out. he has a mean hook. it was fun to watch. he was working out for months or years. >> yeah. i don't know man. >> maybe this is a new way to resolve issues on the hill. >> could be. >> they used to solve a lot of things on the basketball court. maybe they could just, you know jim murand they could get in the ring about. >> i don't know whether i would want to be up against jim murand. >> if he is a seasoned fighter like that.
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>> first time i have seen this las vegas, stayed at the cosmopolitan hotel in the fitness room at the end they had a boxing ring. they actually give lessons for boxing. people in vegas, people who want to work out. i thought, whao. come tom vegas to have fun. not to get pummeled. >> that could be a good way to work out stress. >> 10 minutes after the hour here the first half hour, tanden for the american progress. to the issues of the day. but first. >> other headlines making news on this monday, we learned what those 12 republican senators ate while dining with the president
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at the jefferson hotel. the hill reports they include choices of lobster in a white wine sauce, crab risotto and fill filet of beef. the president picked up the tab with his own money. one of the senators ate vegetarian but mum is the word on which of the 12 that was. >> heard that on east earn shore. some dumb bell. >> the first lady doesn't turn 50 until next january but preparations for a big party are reportedly underway. the daily mail is quoting unnamed sources like singers adele and beyonce have been asked to perform for her 50th at the whitehouse and adele has
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reportedly saying she will do it for free. no word from beyonce. one would assume she would say yes with the obama family but no comment on this from the white house. >> no lip sinking. >> we shut down tours but we let celebrities inyncing. >> we shut down tours but we let celebrities in. >> last week we talked about joy bay hair leaving the view -- behar is leaving. us weekly reporting elizabeth hasselbeck is being pushed out by producers. market research showing people are not watching the daytime chat fest specifically because much her. >> barbara walters will clear up her intentions on the view later
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this morning. >> regarding? >> that's all they said. we will find out later today. >> suspension is killing me. is back, john kerry, world tour good impression? >> i think it was well covered. it was great to see, it came into play a little bit on this 10 day trip. the president was making fun of him at the grid iron. >> more john kerry pant suits are needed or something. shaping the style.
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he went to paris and spoke french and went to berlin and german. >> some people weren't excited about his multi-languages but in this role, it's well-suited. rand paul, a lot of us dismiss rand paul as a crackpot which i think he is still is by the way. tea party crackpot from kentucky. but he rose to the occasion last week. he didn't do himself any harm. do you think? >> no. in fact, you know a broken clock is right twice a day kind of theory but i thought that the way that he conducted himself,
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he had obviously members of his own party that he disagreed with on that policy came down and supported him. som democrats did. >> ron wyden. 10 times more than i would have thought would have come for this kind of moment. too have it discussed but not the back and forth that has taken place the last two decades >> bill: agree, agree. i think rand paul did us all a service, not a disservice as john mclain claimed by raising this issue and doing a real filibuster. right i thought it was interesting that mitch mcconnell who opposed rand paul, his candidate lost, ryan paul got the nomination became the senate senator. mitch mcconnell came toward the floor toward the end of the
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filibuster to salute rand paul? >> i think he conducted himself well. i think he stuck with facts, you know, or at least his version of facts that weren't hyperbolic. it was a sensitive issue, obviously, by lindsey graham and john mccain, the fact it was even being raised. they were important issues. there is a lot of concern about the policies. it's important how the policy be cleared up and brought to people. >> that's the other part of the service i thought that he did was, you know, i support the president's position on this. but at the same time, it was nice that it would be discussed, you know, over a period of time and the regular news went and covered it >> bill: the white house has not con determined rand paul. they say these are interesting issues. we will be reporting to the american people on what our policy is. they recognized i think, he is getting to some real important constitutional stuff. you can't just say oh, he's crazy. >> correct. >> bill: on the sequester, we are now a weekend. what's the politics of the sequester? how does it fall? and who gets the blame?
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>> well, i think in the initial stages you had the president and the administration pressed hard to make this an issue that could be understood by people across the country and they went around around. the cabinet sections were out in the full force for the weeks leading up to it explaining what the cuts mean. there is a better way to save the way congress can clearly spend more money than what they have been spending. the across the board nature of it means that the decisions to where to cut spending are now not in elected people's hands but in the federal bureaucracy. the agency i am on the board of you know, we had to make our 10% cut, but i went inside and said, look. it's a chance to fix some things inside. not just have it be across the board or furlough people for 10 days because that was the easiest thing to do.
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the you have to send us. so we had to take down a bunch of the signals because 80% of the work force there. 80% of the budget is the work force. disproportionate cuts that go into the transmission snails and things that aren't actually people in this first wave. you saw that across the board at the defense department. they laid off 800,000 people. i think it's an abdication of responsibility. they are going to be severe and we keep seeing a 60,000 agents at the border have been furloughed now. right? 800,000, you mentioned, that the pentagon will be furloughed.
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that hasn't kicked in yet. there was an announcement last week, social security warning people they are going to be longer delays, getting your check or whatever. they are not plowing the mountain passes in yellowstone. yellowstone will be a month later opening. these things are kicking in everyday everyday. there is more and more. once people feel the pain, air travel, you know, i was at a wedding over the weekend, the best man couldn't get there. he is in the air force because of the sequester. his leadve was cancelled. more and more of these things kick in. people plame the president or the congress in general? >> the polling shows at the moment they blame the republicans and the congress. the question is whether that holds up over time. it's hard because when you look at the whole federal budget and you take off the entitlement portions and interest on the debt, you have a big number that comes up bigger than the $0.02
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on the dollar that the republicans have as a take talking point. it becomes disproportionate half of the cuts have to come out of the military. i would rather them take down the weapon system. other than well >> it's march. we will skillm this off of the top. a false deadline to make it happen. you mentioned how it plays. i think president obama could learn a lot from president clinton because when newt gingrich shut down the government there is no doubt whom the american people blamed. part was because of the things bill clinton shut down, people said, oh my god. you can't do that bombingpresident obama has to play it the same way. a lot were born out of the gingrich error. they had to do it twice because
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they are not capable of making these decisions. the difference is republicans are in charge of the house now. gingrich made truck driver happen as the out party. >> 20 minutes after the hour. sequester, on rand paul on john kerry, the politics of the moment. michael mehan, 866-55-press. join the conversation any time. we will be right back on the "full-court press." >> this is the full court press. "the bill press show" live on your radio and on current tv.
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show." . >> all right. make it 25 minutes after the hour now on the "full-court press," covering the politics of the day with michael mean from the democratic strategist and president and ceo of ben squared communications. their website is ben sq? correct? >> ben sq.com, bensq.com. peter. >> quick story out of london this morning researchers have come out, the chief medical officer for england, i should say, came out after looking at a study saying that there is a new strain of super bugs that is sweeping the earth saying that it's -- these bugs are resistant to antibiotics and they are out there and they are very dangerous and deadly if we are not careful. >> bugs like, you know, you get sick from or insects? >> bugs like viruss.
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normally you take antibiotics but these have become resistant to antibiotics. something to keep our eye on. keep our eye on. but it's coming out of london this morning. >> michael, we were talking about the politics of the sequester. it's interesting kind of dynamic now between on the republican side, jeb bush getting a lot of attention with a new book. at 2016, he tried to dismiss it. >> the hottest florida politician? you or marco rubio? who are we more likely to see in the white house? >> man, you guys are crack addicts. you are obsessed with all of this politics. >> i have been called a lot of things. >> rub osteo is a great -- rubio is a great guy. okay heroin addict?
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there is a little rivalry. so which one is on top? >> you have an interesting dynamic. you have jeb bush, that's an asset or a liability. the republican brand needs a whole makeover anyway. the idea that a bush, puts you in the rubio camp of who is hotter politician in florida at the moment. that said you have the stomach to get in. good to sell books by having your name mentioned, 16 presidential names. the young buck versus the young kids. michael, good to have you with us. thanks for coming in.
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fox news >> chatting with you live at current.com/billpress show. this is "the bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. >> here we go, 33 minutes after the hour now it is monday march 11th. good to have you with us this morning here for the "full-court press." and very interesting story and a big surprise maybe for you. it was for me. i am talking about the lead story in the sunday "new york times" yesterday. carol and i were up in boston bought the paper at the airport on the way back. and i couldn't believe. i couldn't believe what i was
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reading because we have seen all of these stories after the president's state of the union address, after he went up to newtown connecticut and gave his talk at the memorial service for the victims of the sandy hook elementary shooting. there were these articles about gun sales in the united states and how guns were flying off of the shelves and they couldn't keep guns in stock and you couldn't by an ar-15 if you wanted to because they were sold out. and i mean everybody was running out and buying guns and buying guns. it turns out there is not -- that is not really true. i thought it was. you probably thought it was. it's not really true. in fact, it's just the opposite. the actual records show that more people are not buying guns but instead, the people who already have guns, the gun nuts the same people are just buying more and more guns that's the findings of a survey. it's called the general social survey. it's taken every two years gun
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ownership in this country. it shows that the people, the number of people buying guns is down dramatically here are the numbers. back in the 1970s, 50% of american homes had a gun. the gun in one-half of all american homes. okay? flash forward 20 years in the 1990s. that number was down to 43%. and last year another 20 years forward, 2012, the percentage of american homes with a gun down to 34% from 50% to 34% in 40 years. the survey shows that this is true across the board. so in urban areas and rural areas in big cities and small cities, in families with kids and families without kids.
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in-house holds that are -- they call themselves happy households or those that say, no, we've got a lot of problems in our household. it doesn't matter. 10 households where everybody goes to church and compared to households where nobody ever goes to church. it just comes out the same. gun ownership down, down down. so i think what's interesting about this is what does it really say? you may want to jump into this. 866-55-press. i think it shows. again, i was stunned to read this. maybe you are to here it maybe it shows, number 1, that a lot of americans, more and more americans, i think it definitely shows more and more americans are thinking twice about buying a gun and think you know what? maybe having a gun in the house, especially with kids around, even if we look it up maybe it's not such a good idea after
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all. maybe you don't really need that gun. if i have a good security system if i have a cell phone. no. 2, i think it shows clearly that the nra is not as powerful as we once thought it was. if the nra does not represent as many people as we once thought it did. that the nra's political clout has been vastly exaggerated. that it represents a thinner and thinner slice of the american people and, two -- three, rather, i think, this shows, therefore action that it should be possible to pass some really common sense gun control measures this year. the likelihood that congress could do something look brighter to me after -- after seeing these numbers. and so what we find is people who already have guns, railroad
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the famous it was senator phil graham from texas about 15 years or so back maybe more, who famously said on debating this issue in the united states congress, he said, you know i may have all of the guns that i need but i don't have all of the guns that i want. or want, being a three-syllable word for him. >> that's the way he said it. >> that's what he meant. we talked about that earlier this morning. at a time callers prove this is the case. right? re9 peter, one guy called and he owns 15 guns. >> 15 guns. >> he was driving in his truck and he had four guns in his truck. >> yeah. that seems safe. four guns in your truck. >> there was another guy called from florida and said he had
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four, five, six, whatever. >> that's what is happening. the people who really are paranoid until they need a gun or even legitimately feel they need a gun to defend themselves and their families have never have enough guns the more guns they have the safer they are. which is lunacy as far as i am concerned. but there is the ones who are buying the guns. it's not that everybody in america is. >> it is amazing how that narrative is built in the days after newtown, gun sales are going up. people can scared people want guns. it's clearly not the case. >> gun sales were going up to the same people. >> right? there are the ones who are going out and buying more guns not people who -- for the most part, people who never had a gun before going out to buy one. general social survey, gun ownership across the board from 50% back in the 1970s, to 34%
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last year in 2012. so don't buy into the idea that more and more americans are buying guns. ain't happening. 866-55-press. you want a comment? that's our toll-free number here on the "full-court press" this monday morning march 11th. we'll be right back. live on your radio and on current tv. this is "the bill press show." [ music ] going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the
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tv. >> bill: here we go. seventeen minutes now before the top of the hour here on the "full-court press." "new york times" reporting that gun ownership in this country has gone down from 50% of households with a gun in the 1970s to only 34% last year. what's it all mean? john out in fonda, iowa. john, what do you say? >> caller: good morning, bill. bill, i pass by legislators this question and the editors. my point is we had a big meth epidemic in iowa. everybody was cooking their own meth. >> yeah. >> they got cold medicine. they had them bring everything behind. they had to sign a piece of paper showing id in order to get cold medicine. i was wondering if they could do the same thing with bullets. make bullets as hard to get as cold medicine.
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>> bill: a lot of people are talking about that john in that i have talked to a couple of people over the weekend actually who said we were going about this whole move toward more gun safety measures the wrong way, we should be focusing on the ammunition and not the guns. i appreciate your point. it has a lot of validity to it. >> like the chris rock. guns aren't killing peel. bullets are keeping people. keep guns the same price. make people you pay $5,000 per bullet. you will see less people dye. >> gun safety is one of the things the president put before congress. congress. he chat eppinged them in the state of union to do something about creating a level playing field for kids in this family by adopting universal pre-k. makes a lot of sense to me. it's one of the issues that the center for american progress has been under the leadership of ny
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neera tanden. >> great to be here. >> i want to start off by asking you, the universal pre-k paul ryan announced he is going to introduce his new budget. it looks like the old budget. he said the centerpiece of it is appealing obama care. really? >> yeah. what's fascinating is that in order to meet these targets that are incredibly unrealistically of slashing federal government he is coming forward with plan that is dead on rifle -- dead on arrival because that's never going to happen. when you have fox news challenging him on it that is another going to happen. you know it's not realistic. it seems there is little point to the whole process. right? they are coming up with a budget
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that's never going to get passed. it's an ideological document. i think the thing it demonstrates is they haven't changed. they got swamped in many ways and the house republicans feel like doing the same thing over and over again is the best course. >> nine republican governors now who have signed on to obama care for the expansion of medicaid. >> absolutely. which is the toughest part. >> yeah. the toughest part. they passed what is it 33 times? they passed a resolution in the house to repeal obama care. it's not going to happen. it shows how unrealistic. >> for some people the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. i will leave it to others to decide whether they have actually just gone crazy. >> bill: we put that out there universal pre-k. i don't know how anything, to me, this is a no-brainer.
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why why does it make sense? >> well, you know, we really look at this at the center of american progress vantage point we look at this as a way to do a few things. to reduce long-term en equality to ensure kids are ready to school and address the needs of working parents who need to have someplace for their children as more and more women are working and more and more parents because of the economy rely on two encloses. so there is numerous reasons to do it, you know, the united states lags other countries. most of of europe has universal pre-k the. most industrialized countries around the world have universal pre-k. china has universal pre-k. the united states lags t it's one of the reasons why kids don't come to school ready too learn.
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some for pre-kindergarten, have thousands of words in their vocabulary. they are already ahead. so pre-k makes a lot of sentence for a contractor of reasons. it is one area where republicans governors and democratic governors but there has been bi-partisan support in some of our most conservative states. >> oklahoma? >> oklahoma, georgia. it's really republicans in washington who -- in washington, d.c. who haven't embraced it. we are hoping those republican governors and democratic governors tell people that this is something and there are many democratic governors, so it's an issue that should be non-partisan. and, you know, the most conservative governors in the country are thinking of expanding their programs. alabama is expanding their program. we are hopeful this is an area where we can see real opportunity. >> what percentage of eligible kids today are -- do have access
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to pre-k? >> what's so interesting is that it's about 50% of lower-income children have it. it's about 35% of middle income. >> that's why we have -- we believe it should be universal. we actually think both lower income because lower income kids have access to headstart am and some programs. it's why -- you know, from my point of view, middle income kids should have it, too. >> yeah. >> it's one of those issues where it's a huge cost for families, an amount for child care or pre-k programs is really expensive for a lot of parents who make do. when we are talking about middle class families 35,000, 50,000, they are not wealthy, spending 10,000 or $12,000 for pre-k programs takes a giant bite out of their income. >> can we every day to expand
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preschool now or pre-k now given the sequester? >> it is a big challenge to do this in constraining budgets. the sequester is an insane policy. we should be getting rid of the sequester. we think there are a number of ways to pay for a pre-k program and early learning, we support a plan. it's not cheap but we have an estate tax. if we go back to the estate tax in the 90s or a tobacco tax, there are ways to pay for a pre pre-k program. then thought up, through. we think it makes sense to ensure there is specific revenue for these things. the truth is that we can't really afford not to have our kids ready if you look at what's happening around the world. you know, other countries are
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really recognizing that they have to invest in human capitol. >> that's what's happening to make sure their kids their countries are competitive. >> that's why we think these investments make so much sense. >> i haveen some reports that a dollar spent on pre-k absolutely. >> it's a dollar spent on high-quality early learning initiatives, child -- pre-k programs saves the government, itself, 7 to $11. and we are even seeing really big benefits in oklahoma and georgia and hire math scores higher reading scores for kids who are in pre-k programs. so i think the benefits are well established as one of the programs. that's why economists, you know noble economists have said we should invest in this area. >> that's why it should be a non-partisan issue. it's one of the investments
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everyone should agree on. >> the center for american progress, doing great work at center -- at american -- i'm sorry. american progress.org. you touched on this talked about the sequester. there is a lot of talk these days, maybe because of cheryl sandberg's book, "lien in." here you are heading up the great centre for american progress. women have equal opportunities today for leadership? more and more? >> obviously we are doing better than we have done in the past. right? so we should -- i always want to hear the progress but if you look at the statistics, you know the united states women really lag in leadership both in the public and private sector. parts of europe, they have had prime ministers, they had 50% of their parliament women. if you look at rcos we are in the single digits in the united states for the fortunate 500
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companies. there is a tremendous leadership lag in the united states for women. we have tremendous leaders but we have never -- we have never really -- we are at 20 senators which was a hallmark. >> that's still relatively pathetic, first % of the population and so, you know at the center for american progress, we are looking at that and trying to connect it and see what the connections are to policies, the fact that, you know, the united states lags in pre-k and other programs. it lags in paid sick leave paid leave, a whole variety of proposals that make it easier for women to take leadership positions in companies in the private sector. >> able to scratch the surface of the many things you are working on. thank you for coming in. americanprogress.org. i will be back with a quick parting shot. >> this is "the bill press show."
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